In this tutorial, we will show you to achieve a very gangster-looking poster effect. I have used this photo of a man with a cigarette.
Make a selection with the Quick Selection Tool or just press W.
With the selection, right-click and select Refine Edge to refine the edges of the selection to make it appear more realistic. Make sure the Smooth slider is heightened so that the edges will look real. You can also adjust the sliders yourself to experiment techniques. Once done, hit Ok.
With the selection, right click and select Layer Via Copy. This creates a new layer above the Background Layer.
Delete the Background Layer to leave us with only the selection we did earlier. Move it to the left or right depending on your preference with the Move Tool or just press V.
Create a new layer by clicking on the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel and drag this new layer below the Selection Layer.
Select the Selection Layer and go to Filter > Filter Gallery and open the folder Artistic. Select Cutout and carefully adjust the sliders. I have set my Number of Levels to max. Edge Simplicity and Edge Fidelity to 1.
Now go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold. A dialog box will appear and it will turn your photo into black and white. Carefully adjust the slider and choose your desired effect.
Select the Layer below your Selection Layer, choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool or press M. With it, make a selection halfway between the face and the large space occupied.
Now go to Edit and select Fill. Change the Color to #ac0e0d.
The selection of the Rectangular Marquee Tool is now white. Now go to Select and choose Inverse. Now go back to Edit and select White.
Now let us add some text. With the Text Tool or just press T, type in the text you want.
And there we have it, a gangster-themed poster effect.